I am going to share my current workout supplements and the importance of supplements. Do you have to take supplements? You do not have to take supplements, but some of them may benefit your fitness journey greatly. Personally, I have seen a significant difference in my fitness results, energy levels, and overall functioning due to supplements. I will make a future post about my everyday lifestyle supplements (not pertaining to working out), but these are my fitness-related supplements. I am in the process of trying to find which brands/types that I like better.
It is very important to find something that works for YOU and your body. Everyone is different. When I pick my energy fuel, I have to be very careful. I have tachycardia, which means that I have a very fast resting heart rate. I have to avoid energy drinks, coffee, and most pre-workout supplements. For me, green tea is a safer source of energy because it contains less caffeine. I use Green Tea droplets or my Amino Energy for my pre-workout. I always take protein post-workout. Recently, I bought this new protein by Amazing Grass, so we will see how I like it. Lastly, I want to share about creatine. I am not currently taking this supplement, but I wanted to talk about it.
Blueberry Mojito Essential Amino Energy– I use my amino energy as my pre-workout. It contains green tea as the energizing fuel, and essential amino acid’s. Essential amino acids are very beneficial to your body. The are about 20 different amino acids, and some of which the human body cannot create naturally (they are called essential amino acids). The Essential Amino Energy contains the essential amino acids that your body needs that can only be found in foods. Amino Acids also aid in muscle recovery, improved muscle results, increased endurance, increased mental focus, and a greater fat burn.
The best time to take this supplement is after your workout. Since I use this as my energy fuel source, I also take amino acids (or BCAA’s) after my workout. I use PEScience Nutrition’s BCAA blend post-workout that does not contain any caffeine.
Green Tea Droplets- You can add this supplement to your water before you workout, or you can take it in the mornings for an extra energy boost for the day. I love this droplet! It does not have a strong flavor, and tastes great with water.
Protein Powder (Amazing Grass)– when trying to find the perfect protein for you, it can get VERY overwhelming. I am stuck in between a few proteins that I enjoy. I am not Vegan, but I have found that the vegan proteins contain less added ingredients. Some of the proteins on the market contain ingredients that you don’t even know what they are! The one pictured is a Protein Powder Superfood from Amazing Grass. This protein contains 2 full servings of fruits and vegetables and 20grams of complete plant-based protein in each serving.
It is also important to see where the protein is derived from. Often times, we will just see the word protein and think that we are good to go… I prefer a little more research. The Amazing Grass superfood protein is derived from organic pea protein, organic hemp protein, organic chia, and organic quinoa. I chose a plant-based protein, because my body has a hard time digesting Whey Protein, Egg Protein, and Casein Protein. Do some research and find out what works best for you. Protein is essential to achieving your workout goals! Take this supplement within an hour post-workout.
Creatine: I will be honest, I have not been consistent with my creatine supplements. There is still ongoing research about Creatine, so I have been trying to keep up. In my opinion, I do not think that this is a necessary supplement, but I wanted to share about it with y’all in case you were interested in it. Creatine is a natural substance in your body that teams up with the ATP production. The ATP production is what provides energy to your muscles. I would recommend creatine to someone who is performing on a high-intensity level. If you are just starting to workout, then just avoid this supplement for now. The benefits of creatine include increases in strength, muscle recovery, and lean muscle mass.
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